Autopsy Shows Missing 13-Year-Old Died From Drowning

CLARION TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — An autopsy took place in Erie Monday on a missing teenage girl found dead near the Clarion River on Sunday.

Police say 13-year-old Shevy Lynn McGiffin’s body was found around 4 p.m. by the Clarion Volunteer Fire Department in Trout Run near the Clarion River.

According to the Clarion County Coroner, downing was determined to be the cause of death and foul play is not suspected. No further details were released, due to a pending investigation.

The Clarion County District Attorney assures that officials will continue to investigate.

“There are additional tests to be conducted. At this point, the investigation is still ongoing,” said Mark Aaron.

Shevy Lynn McGiffin left her home on Fraternity Drive in Clarion Township around 7:15 p.m. Friday to go to the store for a coloring book, and never returned.

People in the community have been deeply disturbed by the death.

“We’re a small town, for this to happen to a 13-year-old, everyone starts wondering why,” said Randy Reddinger.

“I can’t imagine what happened to that poor little girl,” said Bonny Lou Kreibel.

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Police have not named any suspects.

Shevy’s mother said the girl was seen speaking to an older man standing next to a brown Buick, but police have not been able to confirm that report.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family pay for funeral expenses.

“She was a sweet girl. She had just been pushed from place to place in living. She went to Keystone and all the teachers down there enjoyed her. She was a shy child, she kept to herself,” said Shevy’s great aunt Barbara McGiffin. “Why this had to happen I don’t know, we don’t question the Lord on why things have to happen but…I did.”


One Comment

  1. I hope that it was an accidental death and that someone didn’t kill her — not that that makes this tragedy any better. RIP!!!

    1. I hope they check for suspicious bruising.

  2. John Prewett says:

    Yahoo pic of her wearing red short sleeve shirt she looks pregnant.

  3. yes, the picture in the red shirt, she looks pregnant….autopsy should prove this….parents will then be arrested…

  4. Justmi Mimi says:

    I thought the same, that she appears to be pregnant! Nothing is said about that.

  5. It doesnt sound right to me. She looks pregnant. At 7:30 PM she wouldnt go swimming with her clothes on. If pregnant at 13 years of age there is a motive by the person that impregnated her if she is indeed pregnant. The biological father of this girl should be a suspect. Im sure video from the store will be checked as well as other cameras in the area. I hope they are checking for footprints other than hers near where they found her. The car seen before she went missong should be investigated. To claim no foul play so soon doesnt sound right either.

  6. What perv thinks a chubby girl is pregnant?

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